Joaquin Phoenix dedicated his body weight in order to transform himself into the Joker, for his latest film, by losing 52 pounds!
The actor recently shared about his drastic weight loss on the associated press and revealed how it took a toll on him, saying his goal in losing weigh became a “disorder” for him.
“Once you reach the target weight, everything changes,” said the Oscar nominee. “Like so much of what’s difficult is waking up every day and being obsessed over like 0.3 pounds. Right? And you really develop like a disorder.”
“But I think the interesting thing for me is what I had expected and anticipated with the weight loss was these feelings of dissatisfaction, hunger, a certain kind of vulnerability and a weakness,” Phoenix says.
“But what I didn’t anticipate was this feeling of kind of fluidity that I felt physically,” he continues. “I felt like I could move my body in ways that I hadn’t been able to before. And I think that really lent itself to some of the physical movement that started to emerge as an important part of the character.”
The actor also shared that his dance moves in The Joker was heavily influenced by late actor and performer Ray Bolger.
“There was a particular song called ‘The Old Soft Shoe’ that he performed and I saw a video of it and there’s this odd arrogance almost to his movements and, really, I completely just stole it from him,” the actor explains.
“He does this thing of turning his chin up. This choreographer, Michael Arnold, showed me that and tons of videos and I zeroed in on that one. ‘That was Joker, right?’ There’s an arrogance to him, really. That was probably the greatest influence. But also disco.”
Now that’s dedication! The movie will hit theatres this 3 Oct!